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October 26, 2012 04:30 PM

Three days after a fire blazed through a New Hampshire farm on Sept. 6, the only thing more devastating than the physical damage was the presumed death toll: 14 horses and three cats.

But if there was someone who hadn’t lost hope, it was Colby, the farm’s 1,000-lb. pig.

After breakfast, the Bedford, N.H., Perry Hill Farm mascot, characteristically slow and sluggish, started wandering into the woods nearby.

“She was on a mission,” her caregiver and farm owner Harriet Finks, who followed the pig, tells “For her, it was quite a distance.”

The 9-year-old pig, sniffing around the woods, led her caregivers to Gumbo, one of the cats they never found after the fire.

“He would have died out there,” Finks said. “Now we have him back.”

Gumbo’s ears, tail, back and one side of his body were charred from the fire, and the burns on his feet prevented him from walking. His whiskers were gone.

But he’s now home with Colby after spending a month in a veterinarian’s care – and he’s spending time with his sister Gidget, who found her way back to the farm two weeks after the fire. She, too, had been presumed dead. (Seven other cats, seven ponies, two goats and a miniature horse also survived.)

“We’re thankful for Miss Colby,” added Finks. “We’re thankful for everyone.”

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